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The mystery of Church, the people of God

The mystery of Church, the people of God What do we mean by Church?  How are scripture and tradition interrelated in our understanding of Church?  What does it mean to be Church?  Is going to church for the weekend liturgy what Church is all about?  What are we as adult Catholic Christians to understand and believe? Th...
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Wednesday, April 18, 2018

Bellezza

Did the title of this article capture your attention? Did it pique your interest enough to cause you to google its meaning? If you did you now know that Bellezza is the Italian word for beauty. Beauty itself does in fact do that to us doesn’t it? Beauty stops us in our tracks, causes us to pa...
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Wednesday, April 11, 2018

How are you doing?

How are you doing? On a recent Sunday morning after Mass my husband Jerry and I stopped for a breakfast sandwich. While at the restaurant we ran into one of the therapists that had done in-home therapy with my sister Sue in the past. Rose asked, “How is Sue doing?” Since Sue’s stroke at the age of 4...
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Wednesday, April 04, 2018

Blessings of Easter

Blessings of Easter As we celebrate Easter once again, I recall the memories I have from this special day. After I was old enough to understand the truth about the Easter Bunny, I began to help my grandma dye eggs.  In those days, she used food coloring to make those special eggs.  We carefully cooked the eg...
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Thursday, March 29, 2018

'Inconspicuous teachers'

The morning of Feb. 16 was the first time in 32 years that I was not greeted by a dog’s wagging tail and an enthusiastic acknowledgement for my sudden appearance. This constant in my life always made me feel loved and glad I made my way downstairs to start a new day. It was the first time I d...
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Thursday, March 08, 2018

Wounded and healed

Wounded and healed “But a Samaritan traveler who came upon him was moved with compassion at the sight. He approached the victim, poured oil and wine over his wounds and bandaged them. Then he lifted him up on his own animal, took him to an inn and cared for him” (Luke 10: 33-34). The story of the Good Sam...
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Thursday, March 01, 2018

Never give up

Never give up I – as I am sure, many of you – have been watching the Olympics when I can. I enjoy watching the competitions, but I enjoy even more the stories that go with each athlete that may be featured.  The Olympics are amazing to see in the first place.  We see all the athletes who co...
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Thursday, February 22, 2018

Facing the barriers to our faith

In my years of trying to grow in faith, and to help others to do the same, I have observed that we often run into barriers. Our faith in God’s love and mercy goes only so far and no further. These barriers to our faith come in many different forms. Sometimes our faith runs into the barrier of...
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Thursday, February 15, 2018

The Holy Spirit: The loving presence of God

The Holy Spirit: The loving presence of God As members of a society steeped in material realities, we often miss things that cannot be seen or touched. For western culture, the significance of the Holy Spirit of God can be diminished in comparison to the more concrete images of God as Father and as a human person in Jesus. Even though delvin...
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Wednesday, February 07, 2018

The Silence of the Snow speaks!

“The heavens are telling the glory of God” (Psalm 19:2). Let it snow, let it snow, let it snow! I know my enthusiasm for snow is not shared by all; but as a northerner, raised in Northeastern Ohio, I love all that cold white stuff and all the many things that come along with this meteor...
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Wednesday, January 31, 2018